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Press Release

Release Date: January 29, 2007
by Kerri McDonald

The Chickasaw Nation Youth Services Department is currently accepting applications for 2007 Youth HELPS Program scholarships.

Sixteen collegiate/vocational scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors at the department’s annual student appreciation night ceremony. The goal is to acknowledge and assist students who are continuing educational careers by attending a college, university or vocational institution. The scholarships may be used by the students in any manner related to their educational expenses.

Three scholarships for $500 each will be awarded per legislative district for student use at a college or university. One scholarship for $300 will be awarded per legislative district for student use at a vocational-technical institution.

To be eligible, the following must be submitted:

  1. a completed application form
  2. a copy of student’s Chickasaw Nation citizenship card
  3. an official high school transcript verifying a 3.2 GPA or above
  4. a recommendation from high school superintendent or principal
  5. an autobiography which includes complete name, date of birth, parent/legal guardian name(s), educational background, college/university selected and degree choice or vocational institution selected and field of interest (must be typed and double-spaced)
  6. student essay (500 words) outlining personal accomplishments, honors, awards, goals and community and tribal involvement (must be typed and double-spaced)

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and applications must be received by Friday, March 30, 2007 at 5 p.m. for consideration. Applications are available at the youth services office at 231 Seabrook Road in Ada, Oklahoma or by calling (580) 310-6620. Applications can also be downloaded by accessing the Chickasaw Nation website at www.chickasaw.net/services/258_536.